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A Simple Fix for An Interesting Writing Problem!

Expect, Expect, Expect! I expect a lot from my students. I expect most of them to have a job someday and if some kind of behavior is annoying, not age appropriate or inappropriate at any age it will be unacceptable to an employer.  It’s almost never too early to stop negative, immature behaviors. Unfortunately we all tend, at times, to give our children with special needs a “pass” for things […]

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Read The Book, The Day The Crayons Quit, To Your Children With Special Needs!

I love children’s literature! The right story and the right illustrator can take you and your children on a journey of knowledge and magical adventures. Children’s literature is full of language concepts, vocabulary, interesting characters, fantasy, factual information and beautiful illustrations. The things all children need to be successful readers and successful in school. Did you know that the rule of thumb for preparing children for school is about 1,000 […]

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How Can Drawing a House Support Writing Instruction?

Our kids need all the help they can get when it comes to learning to write! I’m not talking about writing content, I’m referring to teaching the formation of letters. Sometimes our students have trouble just getting a letter on paper that actually looks like a letter. It’s not easy to know where to put that “tail” for the /g/, /j/, /p/, /q/, and /y/ is it? Likewise trying to […]

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Have You Seen This Visual Strategy To Help Students See Long/Short Vowels?

Creative Visual Supports!!! Where were they when I was in school?! I have thought so many times how much some of these clever visual supports would have made things easier when I was in school!!! Even though I did not struggle in school, I can’t help but wonder what a difference it would have made for me to be able to process things visually instead of verbally. I can only […]

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Do You Know A Strategy That Can Help Children “See” Multiplication?

Albert Einstein once said, “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it”. How true! Think about those of us who “see” a map in our heads with North, South, East and West. If you are directionally challenged, my guess is that you just cannot picture a map in your head. Am I right? The same is true for reading comprehension and math. If you cannot create a movie in […]

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Check Out Full Circle Cartooning for Social Understanding!

I can’t tell you how often I get a request from teachers to help students learn about how their behavior is affecting others and what they can do to change that behavior. There are several really good visual strategies out there to help students with social understanding,   I use what I think will work depending upon the child and the circumstances. One of my favorite tools is doing what I […]

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Have You Seen This Simple Visual Support To Help Children Tie Their Shoes Quickly?

One of the biggest fine motor hurdles some of our students with special needs face is the ability to tie their shoes!!! Once learned, it’s kind of like a right of passage. Right??? I have often turned to our amazing staff of Occupational Therapists for ideas on all kinds of fine motor issues. Recently I got to be the one who was sharing a great tool!!! 🙂 Today I’ve got […]

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Have You Heard About the Concept of a Hidden Curriculum?

First of all do you know what a “hidden curriculum” is? I was introduced to this concept several years ago and I find myself telling staff about it on a regular basis. So I thought I’d share this with you….just in case you didn’t know! 🙂 I’ve got a couple of things to share with you today: An explanation and examples of what a hidden curriculum is A couple of […]

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One Sweet Strategy To Solve Getting the Correct Shoe On The Correct Foot!

Do you remember my mantra, “if you have to tell, tell, tell you need to show, show, show”? There are hundreds of ways you can apply this if you just take a moment to think about your daily dilemmas. Here are some examples we use all the time: take a photo of where you want things to go, write out the steps or take pictures of the steps you want […]

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Do You Know What to Do When a Seizure Occurs?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone was having a seizure and you didn’t know what to do? That is the worst feeling ever! If you’ve been working in the field of special education, you might be a pro at handling these situations, but if you’re a newbie working with students who have special needs, you will learn a lot from today’s episode. If you don’t need this […]

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